Welcome to the Alternative Break Program!

Serve. Laugh. Work. Smile. Take pictures. Eat. Have fun. Make friends. Give back. Learn. Make a difference. Reflect. Repeat.

About Alternative Breaks

Alternative Break trips take students outside the Utah Valley to engage in community projects and learn about social issues such as poverty and homelessness, food insecurity, health, literacy, environmental issues, and many more. Alternative Breaks last 4-6 days for domestic trips and may be longer in length for international trips. These student-led trips immerse students in direct service activities and learning experiences. UVU partners with Break Away, a national 501(c)3 organization that supports the development of quality alternative break programs.  More information about Break Away can be found at the Break Away website. 


The UVU Alternative Breaks vision is a student body of active citizens.  These are students who are educated on issues in their communities, know how to create impactful change, and get involved in their communities through direct service, advocacy, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, service-learning, or policy/politics.

This Year's Breaks

Homelessness (Weekend)

  • Salt Lake City, UT

Environment (Spring Break)

  • Grand Canyon National Park 

Homelessness (Spring Break)

  • Portland, OR

Youth (Spring Break)

  • Redwood National Forest 

Important Dates:

Alternative Weekend Break (November 10-11, 2017)


September 11: Participant Applications Open

October 13: Participant Applications Close

October 23: Participants Notified

Payment Due: October 30, 2017

Pre-trip Meeting: November 3, 2017, 4pm to 6pm


Alternative Spring Break Trips (March 18-24, 2018):


November 27: Participant Applications Open

January 31: Participant Applications Close

February 7: Participants Notified

February 9: Deposit Due

February 16: First Payment Due

February 23: Final Payment Due